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Articles from December 4

Behind the Spin: Ford
THE DILEMMA: Just how much mileage is left in Ford, founder of the modern car industry? The company has just recorded its worst deficit for 14 years. A cyclical blip, some might say, but its crisis is symptomatic of an American car industry that...
Books of the Year
MT marks the turning of the year with a bibliophile's retrospective. We asked three well-read senior executives to describe their favourite volumes of 2006. First up ... HOWARD DAVIES: WHEN POWER OVERREACHES ITSELF With the recent avalanche of...
Britain's Most Admired Companies: The High-Wire Act at Tesco
Another double for the dominant supermarket chain and its surefooted leader as they scoop the top awards again in our Britain's Most Admired survey. The skill with which Sir Terry Leahy and his team have stormed the market both overseas and online...
Crash Course in ... Tackling Obesity at Work
A new Government study says Britons are the most obese people in Europe. Surveying your workforce from the directors down, it strikes you that this is not the leanest of organisations, and the extra weight might be causing sickness absence and reduced...
Decisions: Karol Rzepkowski, Johnson Sustainable Seafoods - MD of Europe's First Organic Cod Farm
MY BEST ... was the way in which we decided to switch from farming salmon to farming cod after the MBO in 2005. We resolved to treat cod farming as a completely new business, and not run it along the same lines as the salmon farm. This allowed us...
Editorial: Admirable but Not Flawless
As you can see from the name up in lights on the cover, we're at that Most Admired time of the year. It's a mark of their enduring commercial success that Tesco and Sir Terry Leahy have scooped the top two honours yet again. Well done to them. How...
First-Class Coach
In your enthusiasm for the new culture, beware of rejecting wholesale what went before. Q: My company merged with a smaller but more dynamic one some months ago. Its culture is quite different to ours, which was pretty conventional. I find this...
Imagine 2007
What does the new year hold for the UK, its economic prospects and its changing role in global business? Richard Scase, emeritus professor of organisational behaviour, Kent Business School, reads his tea-leaves. It is always difficult to predict...
In My Opinion: Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute Companion Roy Clare reflects on how Lord Nelson's principles of active leadership resonate today. A background commanding HMS Invincible may not seem an obvious preparation for directing the National Maritime Museum...
Paradoxes of Perception
Branding can shape our idea of what a company, product or service is all about, but a brand must match up to its reputation in the real world. A constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting...
Paul Morrell: If I Had to Start Again
I think we're programmed against regret, but given the luxury of living one life and being invited to dream of another, it would be a waste to make them both the same. So my alter ego would probably have been a barrister. My father was a building...
Pride Comes before a Fall
Asked to rate their own performance, today's companies are more confident than those of a decade ago. But only a quarter of 1997's super-confident fighters have survived, says andrew saunders. The meek shall inherit the earth, yea, even in the boardroom...
The MT Diary
Bullionaires' banquet; veggies off-menu in boom-town Madrid; Eurobike rolling again. Here is a Trivial Pursuit question to begin with: What is the largest dinner of the year in London? The Lord Mayor's Banquet? No way: it's quality, not quantity...
The MT Interview: Stuart Rose
His company is the highest riser in MT's Most Admired poll, but Marks & Spencer's CEO won't call it a turnaround - he knows the frailty of any recovery. The sparkling figures, he says, have been achieved by a sound team rigorously applying old...
The Sharp End: A Hard Day's Labouring
At a Barratt building site in London's Docklands, Rhymer Rigby wields a broom. I have to hand it to Barratt: for my stint as a building site labourer they really gave me the full Monty. As I discovered, an unskilled labourer doesn't need any training....
Too Much Too Young
More and more executive fast-trackers are being hit by Accelerated Success Syndrome. Instead of a sense of achievement, they experience burnout and disillusion. Is the firm to blame? Emma de Vita reports. Ours is an accelerated culture. The speed...
What's Your Problem?
Somebody thumped you, that's all. It happens. Black eyes fade away - and so do memories. Q: Please help me. I'm feeling more and more like a lion led by a donkey. I have so little faith left in my boss that I'm tempted to let rip and tell him exactly...
Your Route to the Top: Cultivate Your Supplier
Get to know the person as well as the product. Do they have kids? Where do they go on holiday? By uncovering mutual interests, you can build a relationship beyond the contract that will produce exceptional results. Define the goalposts. Be clear...
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